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Posts Tagged ‘Hillary Clinton’

Hillary Clinton Loses it at Senatorial Committee Hearing

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 23, 2013

 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on the Hill today answering questions concerning the attack on America’s Benghazi, Libya consulate that resulted in the death of four Americans including the US ambassador.  Apparently some of the questioning by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson struck a nerve with Ms. Clinton losing it, as shown the video clip below.

Remarkably, Clinton said: “With all respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans.  What difference at this point does it make?  It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”

Someone should remind Ms. Clinton, with all due respect, that she and the rest of the government employees in Washington, including the President, work for the People.  The People were given false information for weeks about the attack in Benghazi, first of blaming it on the scooter video that had nothing to do with the attack.  If this false information was supplied for the purpose of misleading the People for political reasons, We the People have a right to know.  Is more than transparency, it is our right.

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Report Blames Benghazi Debacle on State Department

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 18, 2012

Today’s New York Times headline publicly explained what most Americans already knew.  US governmental incompetence played a part in the actions that led to the murder of four Americans in Benghazi on 9/11, 2012, including the US ambassador to Libya.  The article, Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is Sharply Critical of State Dept, reviewed the just-released findings of an independent commission led by career diplomat Thomas Pickering that faulted the US State Department for incompetence.  Specifically, the commission found that the US State Department ignored warnings of imminent threats to US diplomats in Libya, as well as their requests for increased security.  It also concluded that State Department offices did not properly coordinate security and that its leaders showed bad judgment.

The finding by the commission of poor coordination between the various State Department offices is especially troubling.  This is the same type of failure that the 9/11 Commission found relating to coordination between various law enforcement agencies.  It is unconscionable that similar coordination problems remain over 11 years later.

The State Department responded to the commission’s report with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informing Congress by letter that it has accepted all of the panel’s recommendations.  That will be little comfort for the families of the four Americans killed as a result of the incompetence.

During the campaign, President Obama repeatedly indicated that when the studies of the Benghazi attack were concluded, no matter where the facts led, those responsible will be held accountable.  It is now time for the President to act on this commitment.  While this includes appropriate retaliatory actions against those who perpetrated the attack, it also requires appropriate accountability of those in government who acted irresponsibly and incompetently.  That should start with the immediate firing of Secretary of State Clinton and other higher-ups in the State Department that the independent commission found to be responsible.

When there is a failing in the private sector at any level, government elitists, especially Progressives, are quick to look for blame and seek retribution.  However, when failings in occur in government, even those that lead to the killing of Americans, no one is truly held accountable. Remarkably, these same Progressives continually seek to turn more power and authority over to incompetent government and expect more positive results.

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Administration Admits Al Qaeda Link to Libyan Attack

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 27, 2012

Earlier this month America’s Benghazi, Libya consulate was attacked resulting in the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  For a couple weeks the Obama Administration blamed the attack on ad hoc demonstrations in opposition of an amateur YouTube video that was offensive to Muslims.  The Administration went out of its way to perpetrate this false conclusion.  For example, on September 19 US United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice went on the talk-show circuit claiming the attack was merely the result of spontaneous protests; the subject of this Blog’s posting titled Obama Administrations Libyan Cover Up.

Now, some three weeks later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admits what many Americans knew the day after the attack given its occurrence on 9/11 and that it involved approximately 100 heavily armed fighters.  The Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism that was planned and not caused by the offensive video.  In fact, Clinton said it is likely that the terrorist organization al Qaeda was involved in organizing the attack.

Sen. Susan Collins, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, said: “The administration’s position seems to be evolving with the pass of each day”, and “I have been perplexed that the administration has been slow in coming to that same conclusion.”  Ms. Collins is showing excessive civility and naivety with these comments.  The Obama Administration is attempting to hide the reality behind the Benghazi attack for political gain. Calling it and the Cairo protests for what they are, terrorist and radical inspired, points to the failure of the President’s foreign policy in the Middle East and to the greater Muslim community.

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Western Diplomats are Partially Responsible for Syrian Deaths

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 25, 2012

It has been well over a year since the revolt and killings in Syria began.  Since then, between 15,000 and 20,000 Syrians have been killed by a brutal regime.  While much of the blame lies with the tyrant Bashar Assad, Western diplomats and more specifically progressive must accept some responsibility for the massacre.

Wall Street Journal writer Bret Stephens published a piece this week titled Remember Bashar Assad, ‘Reformer’? that lists some of the missteps by American diplomats that include the following:

Nancy Pelosi – In 2007 the Democratic House Majority Leader said that “the road to Damascus is a road to peace.”

John Kerry – On March 16, 2011 the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, just after the demonstrations in Syria began, said that Assad was “very generous with me.”  He concluded that under Assad “Syria will move; Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States.”

Hillary Clinton – Our Secretary of State on March 27, 2011 was questioned as to why the United States intervened in Libya, but was unwilling to do so in Syria.  Current credible answer was: “There’s a different leader in Syria now.  Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he (Assad) is a reformer.”

While Republican administrations have attempted to placate the Assad regime over the years, Progressive politicians have been the most naïve in understanding the evil of this regime.  They must accept culpability in the mass murders that have occurred in the past 16 months.  As commander-in-chief, President Obama must also accept his responsibility in a foreign policy that has turned its back on the carnage occurring in Syria.

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Hillary Out of Step at G 20 Conference

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 21, 2012

The G 20 economic conference is currently ongoing in Los Cabos, Mexico.  At the conference the 20 represented countries are supposed to be working together towards global economic growth.

The photo below posted by England’s Mail Online indicates that on the dress code at least, all who attended the conference were in lockstep with the exception of Hillary Clinton.  For an Administration that is known for following from behind, Hillary seems to be out of place.

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Bill Clinton’s and MF Global; More Crony Capitalism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 7, 2011

MF Global was a specialized investment bank that declared bankruptcy on Halloween.  This was more than a story of a business gone bad due to the involvement of politically connected former Senator and New Jersey Governor, Jon Corzine.  Additional intrigue was added with $1.2 billion of customer funds have gone missing.  This tale was the subject of two previous postings on this Blog, Jon Corzine’s Association with Obama and Biden, and Progressive Banker Jon Corzine’s MF Global in Trouble.

The New York Post yesterday published an article that ties former President Bill Clinton into the MF Global scandal.  According to reports emanating from MF Global employees, Teneo, a company that includes on its advisory board Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was hired by Corzine at $125,000 per month for five months with $50,000 per month going to Clinton.  Teneo was hired for public-relations work and to offer ” advice on European financial investments – like the ones that ultimately led to MF’s collapse in October”, according to the New York Post.  The Post quoted an MF Global employee stating:  “I don’t know what they (MF Global) did.  It was always unclear.

It is likely that Clinton and Teneo were hired for one reason; to gain insider information.  Clinton, like many politicians, after leaving office cashed in his public service.  Clinton is not only well-connected because of his prior role as president, but also due to his wife’s current position as Secretary of State.

Jon Corzine bet on risky European bonds because he believed that international banks would bail out the troubled European countries.  His payments to Clinton and Teneo were made in the belief that he would have access to insider information through these contacts.  While this strategy failed, the huge payment was authorized by Corzine because of his understanding of how the “system” works.

The growing MF Global scandal is another example of crony capitalism and the unholy relationship that exists between government and business.  As long as politicians, active and retired, are allowed to profit on their public “service”, the system will remain corrupted.

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Is Obama Isolating?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 10, 2011

This morning we posted a video showing the similarities between the words spoken by Jimmy Carter while president, and more recently by Barack Obama.  Yesterday, Michael Goodwin, wrote a column in for the New York Post that concluded that Obama is beginning to isolate himself from his staff.  In Aimless Obama walks alone, Goodwin makes the following conclusions based on four separate reports that he has received:

  • “President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government.  He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.”
  • “Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.”
  • “The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m.  He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office.  One person said he takes a stack of briefing books.  Others aren’t sure what he does.”
  • “If he cracked a single smile at the hour-plus event, I missed it.  He seems happy only on the campaign trail, where the adoration of the crowd lifts his spirits.”

More troubling than having a Jimmy Carter clone in the White House is to have no leadership at all.  Let us hope that Goodwin’s facts are not correct.  However, given the pressure of the failed policies, historically low poll numbers, and now the Solyndra and “Fast and Furious” scandals growing, his conclusions are plausible.

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A Canadian’s View of Barack Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 19, 2011

It is apparent to all but the most ardent supporters of Barack Obama that his presidency will go down in history as a failure.  One question that will be studied is how Obama was elected to the presidency with such an empty resume and lack of experience.  Certainly the highly unpopular George W. Bush presidency and the deteriorating economy made the election easier for any Democrat.  However that does not explain Obama’s success in the Democratic primaries against a pro like Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s meteoric rise to power was facilitated by the mainstream media who all but crowned him king midway through the primaries.  When history judges the Obama presidency, it will also need to judge the role that the media play in creating this President.

Respected Canadian columnist and CBS commentator Rex Murphy last week wrote a column posted below (emphasis added by this Blog) for the National Post that lays out the unhealthy relationship between the mainstream media and President Obama.  This is but the initial stages of reflection that is to come about the media’s dereliction of duty with the ascendancy of Barack Obama.

The media’s love affair with a disastrous president, by Rex Murphy, Sep 17, 2011

As the bad economic news continues to emanate from the United States – with a double-dip recession now all but certain – a reckoning is overdue.  American journalism will have to look Back At the period starting with Barack Obama’s rise, his assumption of the presidency and his conduct in it to the present, and ask itself how it came to cast aside so many of its vital functions.  In the main, the establishment American media abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign – and it hasn’t reclaimed them since.

Much of the Obama coverage was orchestrated sycophancy.  They glided past his pretensions – when did a presidential candidate before “address the world” from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin?  They ignored his arrogance –  “You’re likable enough, Hillary.”  And they averted their eyes from his every gaffe – such as the admission that he didn’t speak “Austrian.”

The media walked right past the decades-long association of Obama with the weird and racist pastor Jeremiah Wright.  In the midst of the brief stormlet over the issue, one CNN host – inexplicably – decided that CNN was going to be a “Wright-free zone.”  He could have hung out a sign: “No bad news about Obama here.”

The media trashed Hillary.  They burned Republicans.  They ransacked Sarah Palin and her family.  But Obama, the cool, the detached, the oracular Obama – he strolled to the presidency.

Palin, in particular, stands out as Obama’s opposite in the media’s eyes.  As much as they genuflected to the one, they felt the need to turn Rottweiler toward the other.  If Obama was sacred, classy, intellectual and cosmopolitan, why then Palin must be malevolent, trashy, dumb and pure backwoods-ignorant.

Every doubt they hid from themselves about Obama, every potential embarrassment they tucked under the blanket of their superior sensibilities, they furiously over-compensated for by their remorseless hounding of Palin – from utterly trivial e-mails, to blogger Andrew Sullivan’s weird speculations about Palin’s womb, musings that put the Obama “Birther” fantasies into a realm near sanity. (We are now seeing an echo of that – with a new book promoting all sorts of unconfirmed gossip about Palin, including her alleged sexual dalliance with a basketball star.)

As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President.  Under Obama, America’s foreign policies are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence.  It is increasingly bypassed or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo speech, is in tatters.  Its debt and deficits are a weight on the entire global economy.  And the office of presidency is less and less a symbol of strength.

To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a Styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency.

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Shows he has Backbone

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 14, 2011

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Shows he has Backbone

America’s ongoing difficulties relating to its excessive and huge deficits are signs of the failings of our national political leaders.  American’s dissatisfaction with these politicians have been directly responsible for the birth and growth of the Tea Party.

While our political leaders in Washington have lost the respect of the People, leaders are beginning to emerge on state and municipal levels that show promise.  One such leader is Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Democrat.  In the last two weeks Mayor Nutter has been dealt a difficult hand.  A portion of Philadelphia’s youth have taken to create “flash mobs” that involve young people banding together to create mayhem.  Over 60 people have been beaten and hospitalized by the mobs that rampaged through the city.

Initially, Progressives made their typical excuse for the culprits.  As expected they blamed society for not giving these young people enough to do.  Mayor Nutter would have none of this nonsense.  With straight talk, Nutter described those engaging in the rampages “a tiny minority of ignorant, reckless fools.”

Nutter then went further, announcing a curfew for anyone under the age of 18 in the areas affected by to be off the streets by nine o’clock. Again as expected, he was criticized for this no-nonsense approach to which he again straightforwardly responded:

  • I guess it was like 50 people out of a couple hundred thousand who apparently either didn’t get the message or maybe for some reason didn’t take it seriously.  We’re as serious as a heart attack about this.  We’re not playing around.”
  • Speaking to the parents of the troubled youths, Nutter said: “If your child is out after curfew, tall, short, nice, not so nice, the curfew is the curfew is the curfew.  Buy a watch!”
  • Again to the parents of the youths: “If you don’t even bother to pick up your child, we are immediately calling the Department of Human Services, and you can then be taken to court for other violations including neglect of your child.”

Below is an incredible video showing an even tougher message by Mayor Nutter delivered at is church.  What a breath of fresh air!

This is not the first time that Mayor Nutter has shown backbone.  During the Democratic Party’s primary for the presidency, Nutter bucked the bandwagon and backed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.  It is clear that he chose the better qualified candidate.

While Mayor Nutter and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey come from different political parties and likely have very different philosophies on major issues, both show the type of moral character and backbone required to truly represent the People’s interests.  Both political parties would do well to elevate such individuals in their power structures.

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U.S. Recognizes Rebels as Libyan Authority

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 15, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the United States will recognize Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council (the rebels) as that country’s “legitimate governing authority.”

The Obama Administration’s strategy on Libya is helter-skelter.  In March, only after the rebel forces were near defeat, Obama announced that the U.S. would attack Libyan forces opposing these rebel forces.  While Obama then announced the goal of having Colonel Gadhafi removed from power, nearly four months later he remains and his forces are yet to be defeated even with NATO’s air power.  Now, with minimal knowledge of even who the rebels represent, Ms. Clinton recognizes them.

It is likely that whoever wins the battle between Kaddafi and the “rebels”, Libya will be a dysfunctional and violent country long into the future and not likely to be friendly to the US.  America’s intervention into Libya will ultimately be judged as ill-advised and unproductive.  Obama’s lack of setting strategic goals before entering the conflict is in keeping with his lack of executive experience.

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